|Well, we’re all nicely depressed this morning aren’t we? Here’s the roundup, as in Indianapolis, it costs $1280 to NOT watch the game…|
|Need to Know:
NFL: Green Bay 24, Vikings 19 – We’ve all been wondering how the Vikings would look when the games started counting for real. Now we have our answer: the Vikings look fine, but Tarvaris Jackson simply isn’t good enough to take this team where it wants to go.
Apart from Jackson’s foibles (and a colossal screwup by the punt coverage team, which allowed a return touchdown), the team looked pretty good. Adrian Peterson ran for 103 yards on 19 carries, and displayed the burst that instantly made him the most popular Viking last season. The defense played okay, at least, holding the Packers to 17 points and to 317 total yards.
But we come, inexorably, back to Jackson. The QB was an abysmal 16-35 passing, and at times displayed all the accuracy of a trebuchet launching ’57 Chevys at the opposite end of a football field. While Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was efficiently running his offense, Jackson showed that he hadn’t improved one bit since last year, putting the same inaccurate throws, wild tendency to run (and not slide), and bad decision-making on display. It was appropriate that the game ended after Jackson threw the ball ten feet over a receiver’s head, right to a defender; it summed up his accuracy for the night.
He, admittedly, showed flashes of being a decent starter. But the Vikings aren’t built for flashes – they’re built for now. And right now, Jackson isn’t good enough to do the job.
The answer isn’t Gus Frerotte, or Daunte Culpepper, or any of the other options. The answer is to go back three years to knock some sense into an unbeliveably-arrogant Brad Childress, to try to stop him from betting his team’s future on a rookie small-college quarterback.
Sadly, though, time machines are as yet unavailable, and all we can do is bemoan our fate. How does 8-8 sound to everybody?
|ESPN: FAVRE FAVRE RODGERS FAVRE RODGERS –
Mike Tirico: And we’re back, here at Aaron Rodgers field, where the Favres are up by Favre points on the Rodgers!
Tony Kornheiser: Brett Favre would have loved to be here. I wish he was here to see this. In fact, I wish he was here sitting on my lap.
Mike Tirico: I’d like to point out that Aaron Rodgers has lined up under center for this play – the very same place that Brett Favre lined up for so many years for the Green Bay Packers.
Ron Jaworski: Let’s take a look at some of the stats for this game. We can see Rodgers’ stats in the first half, which are VERY comparable to the stats that Brett Favre put up in his first Jets start. And, we can also see from this next graphic that Rodgers compares favorably with Favre’s first start for Green Bay, so many years ago.
(camera cuts to Rodgers)
Tony Kornheiser: Aaron Rodgers looks a lot like Brett Favre there. In fact, I’m starting to wonder if that isn’t Brett Favre. (leans out of booth) HEY! BRETT! CAN YOU HEAR ME? (singing) AND I NEED YOU NOW TONIGHT… AND I NEED YOU MORE THAN EVER!
Mike Tirico: It appears that some other purple team has the ball at the moment. We’re going to take a commercial break, but when we come back, we’ll show you where Aaron Rodgers sits on the sideline… and where a certain #4 used to sit…
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3. (tie) Matt Guerrier, Jesse Crain, Dennys Reyes, Joe Nathan, Craig Breslow and Boof Bonser
The six combined to give up no runs on Monday. Granted, that was because the Twins had an off day, but we’ve got to take chances to sneak them into the three stars when we can. (The six also got nobody out on Monday, but we can all agree that’s par for the course, really.)
2. Adrian Peterson
1. Adam Weber
|What’s On Tap:
7:10 – MLB – Twins vs. Kansas City – FSN
7:15 – MLB – Chi. Cubs at St. Louis – WGN
Minnesota: Three Stars for Monday
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